UW scientists ready for advances to come with GOES-R weather satellite

September 28, 2016 | Jean Phillips

Scientists at the UW-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) have been intricately involved in the process of readying the United States weather community – from research and testing to operations – for the launch of GOES-R.

The GOES-R series, NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites, is a game changer. These satellites, beginning with the launch of GOES-R on November 4, 2016, will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, total lightning data, and space weather monitoring to provide critical atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, climatic, solar and space data.

These measurements will lead to significant improvements in the detection and observations of meteorological phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property, and our nation’s economic health and prosperity.

Credit: NASA Goddard Media Studio.

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